Making a XenServer unique after cloning from template

7 May 2015 — 2 Comments

xenserverAt work we’re creating a CloudStack development environment that can be created and destroyed as we go. One of the requirements is to quickly create a couple of hypervisors to run some tests. KVM is easy: they are just Linux boxes with some extra packages. XenServer is a different story.

Imagine you create a XenServer by installing it from ISO, then saving it as a template. Then create two instances from it called xen1 and xen2. If you try to add them to CloudStack, you’ll notice only the first one succeeds.

duplicate_xenserver_uuid_cloudstack

The logs tell you why it did not work:

Skipping xen2 because 7af82904-8924-49fa-b0bc-49f8dbff8d44 is already in the database.

Hmm.. so would both have the same UUID? Let’s see. To get the UUID of a XenServer, simply run this:

xe host-list

The output of both my XenServers is below:

[root@xen1 ~]# xe host-list 
uuid ( RO) : 7af82904-8924-49fa-b0bc-49f8dbff8d44
 name-label ( RW): xen1
 name-description ( RW): Default install of XenServer
[root@xen2 ~]# xe host-list 
uuid ( RO) : 7af82904-8924-49fa-b0bc-49f8dbff8d44
 name-label ( RW): xen2
 name-description ( RW): Default install of XenServer

CloudStack is now confused and wants them to have a unique UUID, which makes sense.

It was quite a puzzle to come up with an automatic process. A couple of colleagues of mine all contributed a part and we finally came up with something that works on both XenServer 6.2 and 6.5.

First, you need to generate new UUIDs in ‘/etc/xensource-inventory’ for both the XenServer and the dom0. Do this after you’ve stopped the Xapi process. You should also wipe the state.db of Xapi.

An important part consists of running ‘/opt/xensource/libexec/create_templates‘ and then reset the network, after which the XenServer reboots.

To make it easy for others, we’ve published the script on Github.

It should be run as a ‘first boot’ script. It needs two reboots to fully complete the procedure, and it does this automatically.

When you look at the UUIDs again after running the script:

[root@xen1 ~]# xe host-list 
uuid ( RO) : ae2eeb9b-ed7e-4c3c-a619-376f8a632815
 name-label ( RW): xen1
 name-description ( RW): Default install of XenServer
[root@xen2 ~]# xe host-list 
uuid ( RO) : 50adc2d0-8420-425c-a1c8-68621bd68931
 name-label ( RW): xen2
 name-description ( RW): Default install of XenServer

They’re unique now! Adding them works fine… but hey, they have the same name in CloudStack? This is due to the name-label that also needs to be set to the new hostname.

xe host-param-set uuid=\$(xe host-list params=uuid|awk {'print \$5'} | head -n 1) \
name-label=\$HOSTNAME 

Just use our script and you’ll be fine!

Update:

Rohit from ShapeBlue, a fellow engineer working on CloudStack, almost immediately responded to my blog:

xenserver_inuque_tweets

He sent me a pull request that turns the script into an init-script for use in XenServer. That makes it even easier for others to use it. He also updated the documentation:

To use this in a VM template for testing XenServer hosts in VMs:

scp xenserver_make_unique.sh root@xenserver-host-ip:/opt/ 
scp init.d/xenserver_make_unique root@xenserver-host-ip:/etc/init.d/ 
ssh root@xenserver-host-ip "chmod +x /etc/init.d/xenserver_make_unique && chkconfig xenserver_make_unique on"

When the XenServer host starts for the first time, it would reset the host uuid by running the script from /opt/xenserver_make_unique.sh, then remove the init.d script and reboot the host.

You only need to do this once in your template, and all XenServers you will create from it will be unique. Enjoy!

2 responses to Making a XenServer unique after cloning from template

  1. 

    Hi guys! Thanks for a nice script, however i cannot get it to work under xenserver 7.1
    The folder of the openvswitch isnt found, any fix for your script?

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